Wednesday, January 27, 2010

For Sure

"For Sure" - 11"x12" Acrylic on Stonehedge paper

This is the first of many pieces I am creating that will be in a section of my website I am going to call "Exhibition". These pieces will feature work that is more geared to the gallery wall, and less for the printed page. I will have one or two more updates on these pieces as they come along.

The big difference between my illustration work and exhibition work is that I am focusing on incorprating painted typography, and adding more relatiable personal experiences in the pieces themselves. To do this I plan on painting them using surrealistic metaphores to bring the viewer relating in some way or another to the works of art.

This doesn't mean I have given up creating illustrations for hire. I am just creating another avenue I am interested in taking.

Small web update to come in a few weeks. I wont be updating my website till the end of May/Early June, because I am adding lots of new illustration work, and a new web design completely hand coded in html/css.

Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

DIY - Make stuff/Stay Punk

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Unknown Tag's and Wheatpastes.

A few weeks ago, I was walking around Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY and I saw some wheat pasted posters and images on the wall. I often would wonder who these people are and if there is any intention or meaning to any of it. What is the point of putting something on a wall? I suppose it's the same thing that makes me want to be an artist. It's about making stuff, and feeling proud of doing things that you love. For me, it's important to tell stories with the work and make connections in how people respond to the work itself.

In 2007, I worked as an intern for a DIY Punk Rock venue called Championship records, based out of Lemoyne, PA. At this venue, I made 30 show posters in one summer. I had complete creative control, and it is where I practiced making digital art work and pulled my first terrible silk screen prints. I made a really bad first impression on Come Back Kid with my small 8x11 really really bad prints. Looking back at this venue and what it meant to me, and my growth as an artist, I am forever grateful.

My friend, Mallory Weston, made a great blog post about sticking to doing things herself, and staying true to her craft. Make Stuff and Stay Punk as she says it. I couldn't agree more with this. Living a life that is DIY, has been an essential way that I have lived. I don't know if I could make my own clothes and I don't have the room to grow my own food, but the ethic of if I can do something myself, why not do it?

Thanks for reading.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Sketchbook pages

Here are a few pages from my sketchbook from the last few months.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Some inspiration

I look at alot of older illustration from the Mid 20th (1940-1970) century for inspiration (more so lately), to bridge the past to the present into my own future.

Heres a few people I have found inspiring as of late...

Thomas Vroman

Paul C. Burns

Lorraine Fox

Fred Irvin

Robert Jones

William Winters

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year!

Photograph of my studio here in Queens, NY.